April 29, 2013
Under the direction of head coach Stefanie Golan, the Minnesota women’s soccer team has released the competition schedule for the 2013 season. The Maroon and Gold will host 10 home contests, including two tournaments early in the season, as part of a challenging fall slate.
Six of the Gophers’ scheduled opponents made appearances in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, including Florida, who made a program run to the Elite Eight. The remaining five are Big Ten foes.
“We are excited about our 2013 fall schedule as we feel we have a pretty balanced schedule to prepare us for Big Ten play,” said Golan. “It is always nice to open the season at home, and we have several unique tests on our non-conference slate which we feel will build nicely toward our Big Ten portion of the schedule.”
Minnesota will open the 2013 season with a home tournament at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on August 23 and 25. The event will welcome Belmont, North Dakota State, and Toledo, to the Twin Cities area for the four-team event. The Gophers will meet the Rockets on Friday and wrap up the weekend against the Bison on Sunday.
On Friday, August 30, the squad welcomes Illinois State to ELR for an evening match. On Sunday, September 1, they will have their first road test at Iowa State in the afternoon.
The Golden Gophers will host their second tournament of the season, the annual Minnesota Gold Classic, on the first full weekend in September. Louisiana State University and the University of Mississippi join in the round-robin event with the team facing LSU on the 6th and Ole Miss two days later on the 8th.
From September 13-15, the Gophers will wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule with a visit to the Sunshine State. They will meet powerhouse Florida before swinging over the battle Jacksonville.
“Finishing the non-conference slate by playing three SEC opponents in our final four non-conference games will have us ready to go.”
Big Ten play begins on September 21, as the Gophers continue their road swing with three more away contests. The first stop in the conference is at Indiana with trips to Michigan State and Michigan to take place the following weekend.
The month of October opens with the first home conference duals of the season. Ohio State and Penn State will travel to Minneapolis on October 4 and 6. The Buckeyes captured the Big Ten Tournament title, while the Nittany Lions advanced to the College Cup championship match before losing to North Carolina for a runner-up finish.
On October 12, the Golden Gophers hit the road to face Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.
In another two-game weekend at home, Minnesota looks to Iowa and Nebraska on October 18 and 20, respectively.
The infamous Border Battle against Wisconsin is scheduled for Thursday, October 24 in Madison. Last year, the Gophers walked away with the victory after a thrilling comeback on their home pitch.
The team’s final road test comes against Purdue on October 27. As the last stop before the Big Ten Tournament, Minnesota will close out the regular season at home against Illinois on November 2.
"The Big Ten is always tough. It doesn't matter who finished where the year before or where teams are in the standings at the time they meet; there are no easy games. We are excited to get after it!”
The first round of the NCAA Tournament will be played over the November 15-17 weekend and the College Cup will be on December 6 & 8 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
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